The month of August is great for visiting the countries of Africa south of the Equator and southern Africa: Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa etc. In this part of Africa the climate in August is generally dry, only on the South African coast the climate becomes a bit rainy. In South Africa in August you can also have the good fortune to admire spectacular phenomenas like those of the flowery desert in Namaqualand and the whales in the bay of Hermanus.
In Europe the coasts of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey etc.) are excellent for those who want to take a beach holiday, but remember that in this month you will find high prices and overcrowding. Less indicated, because of the high temperatures, it is instead this period for those who want to visit the Italian art cities and the inland areas of Spain, Greece and Turkey.
The climate is still warm throughout the European continent. Popular destinations in August are the Nordic countries: from Iceland to Norway, from Russia to Finland. Portugal, Ireland, Great Britain and France are also very popular destinations during this time of the year. The period between the end of August and the beginning of September is also the best time to see the flowering Heather (Erica) in Scotland.
In the Indian Ocean the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Mauritius and Madagascar have an excellent climate in the month of August. August is a good month to visit also countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.
In North America, the wilds areas of the Far West are among the most popular in August. Be aware, however, that in some areas (Valley of Death, deserts of Arizona and Utah) the heat is really oppressive. If the excessive heat is not for you, why you do not choose Canada or Alaska? In these wild and spectacular lands the climate is excellent in the relatively mild and long summer days.
August is also one of the best months to visit the Pantanal, the Amazon and much of Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro the months between June and September are the driest months of the year and have mild temperatures. In this month the rains are less intense and less frequent. August is a good month for a trip to the Andean highlands of Chile, Bolivia and Peru. The temperatures are cold, we are in fact in winter, but the days are dry and clear.
In the islands of Indonesia the month of August is the driest month, so it is in August that you will have the highest probability of having sunny days and milder temperatures. The plateaus of China, Tibet and Mongolia have at this time of the year less rigid temperatures.
August is also a good time for the islands of the South Pacific: French Polynesia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia etc .. August is a good time also for the tropical Australia of Queensland, for the Northern Territory, for Western Australia and for the center of the Australian continent.
Those who love winter sports can visit the New Zealand Alps or the Chilean ski resorts.